Each month our members are invited to give a small donation at one of our meetings which is then donated to a project at home or abroad where small amounts can make big differences. Our small change can change the world.
For September, with the news full of stories about migrants and refugees we have decided to support a project led by Global Giving to provide aid to refugees who have been displaced from their homes in Syria and neighbouring countries. This project will harness the skills of other relief organisations, including ones close to us in Rotary, who are able to provide the help needed.
More than four years of armed conflict in Syria have caused millions of people to leave their homes in search of a safe haven. Fleeing for their lives, refugees are forced to leave all that they have behind.
The ongoing conflict involving the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian opposition forces, and ISIS has resulted in more than 200,000 deaths and caused more than half of the country’s 22 million citizens to flee their homes. It is estimated that more than 4 million people, including 2 million children, have fled to neighbouring countries. A further 7.4 million people have been displaced internally within Syria, making it the largest exodus of refugees in more than two decades.
Our small donation of £47 has added to around £130,000 raised so far to provide emergency assistance and long term support. The fund will support life-saving assistance and relief efforts for Syrians displaced by conflict, both within Syria and in neighboring countries, and help survivors and victims get necessary immediate relief supplies like food and hygiene kits, as well as provide long-term support through activities such as building water systems and providing educational supplies and job training.